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FX Greenlights 'American Horror Story' Companion Series 'American Crime Story' From Ryan Murphy

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With the runaway success of the American Horror Story anthology series, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions John Landgraf announced the new companion series American Crime Story. The new anthology series will focus on some of the biggest true crimes and will begin with one of the most famous cases ever, the trial of O.J. Simpson. The network has given a straight-to-series order to American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson and it will consist of 10 episodes.

The first installment, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, is based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin. Murphy joins Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson (The Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and Brad Falchuk (Glee, American Horror Story, co-created with Murphy) as Executive Producers of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, alongside writers Alexander and Karaszewski. Dante Di Loreto also serves as an Executive Producer, with Murphy set to direct. The first two hours of the miniseries will be written by Golden Globe-winning screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flynt, Ed Wood, Man on the Moon), who are Executive Producers of ‘ACS: O.J.’. Production begins early next year in Los Angeles. It is produced by FXP and Fox 21, the companies that co-produce the long-running hit series Sons of Anarchy for the network.

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BET's 'The Game' To End Run After Season Nine

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It's been a great run for the series The Game, but the game clock is starting to run down those final seconds. After renewing the comedy several months ago for an eigth season, BET has announced the the long running series will come to an end after season nine.

The Game was cancelled by The CW in 2009 and was immediately picked up by BET. The season four premiere on BET pulled in a record 7.7 million viewers. Both seasons are currently being filmed and will air in early 2015.

"All good things must come to an end and after celebrating four successful seasons of THE GAME on BET, the Network has announced production is underway on the show’s final two seasons. In January 2011 the cult following of The Game proved that the show was a fan favorite with 7.7 million viewers for its premiere debut on BET. With seasons eight and nine, we’re excited to end on a high note by giving Sabers fans a chance to bid farewell to their favorite players on and off the field."

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AMC Renews 'The Walking Dead' For Sixth Season

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Days away from its season five premiere, AMC announced today that it has renewed “The Walking Dead,” the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years and most highly-rated show in cable television history, for a sixth season. The season five premiere is this Sunday, Oct. 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the live season premiere of “Talking Dead” at 10 p.m. ET/PT with host Chris Hardwick and this week’s guests Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero and Conan O’Brien.

“We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ with fans around the globe,” said AMC President Charlie Collier. “In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”

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Fox Group Promotes Nicole Bernard To EVP Audience Strategy

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Nicole A. Bernard has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Audience Strategy, for The Fox Group, it was announced today by Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer, Fox Television Group. Fox Audience Strategy is a department within 21st Century Fox designed to identify programming and operational opportunities that reflect diverse perspectives across all of its entertainment platforms.

“Nicole and her team continue to cultivate an incredibly productive, ongoing dialogue about who our audiences are and how to better serve them, and, more importantly, they’ve turned those conversations into action,” said Earley. “With her strategic leadership, we will continue making strides in achieving a diverse mix of people and viewpoints, in front of and behind the camera, as well as within our own ranks, which is a huge priority for Fox.”

As head of audience strategy, Ms. Bernard has collaborated with senior leaders across 21st Century Fox’s Los Angeles-based entertainment business units (filmed entertainment, broadcast television, cable television and digital media) in launching strategic initiatives to ensure that policies, content and operations reflect broadening audiences. In this role, Ms. Bernard and team developed and launched the Fox Writer’s Intensive, which is designed to nurture the careers of experienced writers with diverse voices and backgrounds, and create a strong pipeline of talent for potential staffing on Fox productions. She also expanded the company’s annual Seizing Opportunities Forum – now entering its fourth year – to become an annual cross-industry platform aimed at shifting perceptions and promoting inclusion across all areas of the entertainment business.

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